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Announcements for the weeks of Sept. 22 and 29

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

TimeCapsuleOn Sept. 24, 1964, students walked through the doors of Rhode Island Junior College on Promenade Street in Providence to attend classes for the first time. Fifty years to the day, college and local officials will join me to bury a time capsule to commemorate that auspicious occasion.

The burial will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, by the flagpoles at the Knight Campus in Warwick. We invite you to attend and help preserve the history of the college for future generations. A rain date is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25.

I hope to see you there!

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New Announcements

Manufacturing Day 2014

mfg dayYou're invited to participate in Manufacturing Day 2014, an annual event when North American manufacturers open their doors to highlight the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. CCRI will showcase its manufacturing programs by holding an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, in Room 0100 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. This is a chance for anyone interested in manufacturing to:

  • meet the faculty.
  • tour CCRI's new state-of-the-art labs.
  • learn where CCRI is going in manufacturing training.
  • learn about Rhode Island's CNC apprenticeship program.
  • find out how continuous credentials can lead to an associate degree.
  • hear from a graduate about how CCRI's manufacturing program changed his life.

Refreshments will be provided.

Anyone with questions should call 401-825-2156 or email the Engineering and Technology Department.

Security Awareness Day

SecurityIn recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, CCRI will hold its second annual Security Awareness Day on Thursday, Oct. 30. The event educates users of technology at all levels about the risks associated with living our lives online, as well as what can be done to mitigate those risks. The agenda includes four general sessions and 16 breakout sessions, featuring 26 speakers including:

  • U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
  • U.S. Rep. James Langevin, co-chairman, Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus
  • Paul Asadoorian, founder and CEO, Security Weekly - Stogie Geeks; Tenable Network Security
  • David Sherry, chief information security officer, Brown University
  • Larry Wilson, information security lead, UMass President's Office
  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, ISO, Fitchburg State University

Visit the event Web page to view the full agenda and register for this free event.

Flu vaccination clinics

CCRI will provide on-campus seasonal flu shots for students, faculty and staff according to the following schedule:

For employees, the seasonal flu shot is covered under the CCRI UnitedHealthcare medical plan. All employees should bring their health insurance card and driver's license or another form of identification. To register, visit The Wellness Company's website. Click on register now, choose flu-college/university and, when prompted, type in the appropriate campus. Learn more on the flu clinic Web page.

EDUCAUSE 2014 annual conference

Faculty and staff are invited to EDUCAUSE 2014 Online, a virtual conference for IT professionals in higher education. The conference runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and explores the key issues affecting our institutions today, from driving innovation in the learning environment and understanding the top 10 IT issues to the new responsibilities for postsecondary education in the 21st century.

On-campus attendees will watch the presentations as a group in Rooms 4080, 4090 and 4104 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. View the entire conference or come to selected sessions as schedules allow. Registration is not required. Visit the IT website for full program descriptions, times and locations.

Anyone with questions should contact MaryAdele Combe, manager, Instructional Support.

National Voter Registration Day

voteNational Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 23. Registration will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on all campuses at the following locations:

  • Knight Campus, Lower Commons
  • Flanagan Campus, student cafeteria
  • Newport County Campus, Atrium
  • Liston, Atrium

Therapeutic Massage program information session and open house

The Therapeutic Massage program will hold an information session and open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admissions officers will be available to answer questions and assist with registration and financial aid. Faculty will also be on hand to answer questions about the program. Email Regina Cobb to RSVP by Oct. 6. For more information on the program, visit

CITLA book club schedules

CITLA book clubs will be held at all four CCRI main campus locations. Join the club to discuss "Brain Rules" by John Medina at the Newport County Campus and Liston campuses and "Student Engagement Techniques: a Handbook for College Faculty" by Elizabeth F. Barkley at the Flanagan and Knight campuses. To view the club schedules and RSVP, visit the CITLA website.

Writing Center offers free services

The CCRI Writing Center offers free services and workshops to CCRI students, faculty and staff members. This includes help with prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising and editing. For services, resources, locations, times of operation and more, visit the Writing Center website.

The Writing Center also is offering several Friday afternoon workshops this semester. The workshops will be held from 2 to 2:50 p.m. at the Knight Campus in Warwick and will cover the following topics:

Sept. 26: Paragraph and Essay Structure

Oct. 3: Practicing Grammar with Online Quizzes

Oct. 10: Punctuation!!!

Oct. 17: Run-ons

Oct. 24: Quotations, Summaries and Paraphrases

Nov. 7: Research Papers - The MLA System

Anyone with any questions should contact Karen Petit, writing center coordinator, via email or at 401-825-2279.

Trip to Italy presentations

ItalyAll are invited to presentations by participants of CCRI's 2014 Summer in Italy program. "An Experience of a Lifetime" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. For information regarding the 2015 summer program, please contact Maria Mansella.

A reminder about smoking on campus

nosmokingPer Rhode Island state law, all outdoor smoking on public property must take place at least 50 feet from the building. This law affects smokers at all of our campuses. Additionally, at the Knight Campus in Warwick, this means that smoking is prohibited on all exterior ramps, including the main entrance ramp.

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Events This Week

Blood drive

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in its blood mobile at the Newport County Campus.

Career and Internship Office to host internship fair

CCRI's Career and Internship Office will host an internship fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Liston Campus in Providence. The fair will feature more than 20 local agencies and companies.

Anyone with any questions or who would like more information should contact the Career and Internship Office at 401-455-6151.

Knight Athletics schedules

The following home matches are scheduled:

Women's soccer

  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, vs. Holyoke Community College (Region XXI nonleague game)

Men's soccer

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, vs. Suffolk County Community College

Both home games are played at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Time capsule burial

Dean's coffee hour

Art shows in Lincoln and Warwick

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Ongoing News & Events

Alumni Association seeking nominations

The CCRI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for awards to be presented at its Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years event. There will be 25 awards in total, one from each academic department and one from each of the following categories:

  • Health and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Business, Science and Technology
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Awards will be presented to CCRI graduates who have been active as community leaders, attained personal and professional success and have brought honor upon themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. Submit a nomination no later than Oct. 31.

Dean's coffee hour

Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Lois Wims will be holding a coffee hour on each of the four campuses to welcome back faculty and engage on issues of interest in these academic areas and the college. The dates are as follows:

  • 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick
  • 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the President's Conference Room at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, in Room 200 at the Newport County Campus.

Art shows in Lincoln and Warwick

artFlanagan Campus Art Gallery: "Wild Roots," an exhibition of works by CCRI painting instructor Liliya Krys, explores the expressive range between light and dark, realism and abstraction, and docility and wilderness. The exhibition will be up through Thursday, Oct. 2.

Knight Campus Art Gallery: "TMI" is a two-person show featuring the work of Alicia Renadette and Michael Robert Pollard. Renadette "exploits materials with multi-tiered associations, often using black humor, duality and word play ... " to create sculptures and environments. Pollard "juxtaposes a blunt use of color, form and materials to combine observations, and reflections documenting the ebbs and flows of abstraction and the human condition." The display runs through Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, Room 3500, in Warwick.

State payroll to go paperless

State employees enrolled in direct deposit now can access their payroll information and view their direct deposit slip online through PaystubRI. Visit the Human Resources Web page for directions on how to register. Sept. 26 paystubs will be the last paper direct deposit slip. If you are not enrolled in direct deposit and would like to access this service, fill out the form online and return it and a voided check to Human Resources.

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

New hires

Welcome to the newest members of the CCRI community:

  • Jon Benson
    Visiting lecturer, Biology
  • Maria Coclin
    Assistant professor, Business Administration
  • Sheila Feeny
    Visiting lecturer, Psychology
  • Barbara Flagg
    Technician staff assistant, Mathematics
  • Grisel Garcia-Ramirez
    Visiting lecturer, Psychology
  • Jay Lee
    Visiting lecturer, Chemistry
  • Christine Lima
    Visiting lecturer, Biology
  • Paul Miele
    Assistant professor, Biology
  • John Montalbano
    Visiting lecturer, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
  • Inglish Morgan-Gardner
    Assistant professor, Human Services
  • Joshua Ostraff
    Visiting lecturer, Art
  • Maryellen Shardlow
    Visiting lecturer, Business Administration
  • Ethan Stapleton
    Visiting lecturer, Mathematics
  • Amanda Vanner
    Visiting lecturer, Psychology

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Last Updated: 9/22/14